Cycling trip 2008

Wieleń – Kętrzyn (645 km)

My first long distance cycling trip inspired by Kuba Rzeźnik and his journey and adventures that he endured last year on his solo trip.

Poland

Euro Route R-1 through Poland

The international Cycling Route is one of the longest signed cycling routes in the world. The stretch of Polish cycling route comes to 675 km. The Euro Route R-1 will take you through paved and unpaved roads with with a low or moderate traffic. The 35 per cent. of the The Euro Route R-1 runs through wooded areas, rich in wildlife, forests, with hidden national parks, landscape parks, nature reserves. In the area crossed by the route R-1, there are many clean lakes and rivers, around which are located in resorts, PTTK riverside hostels and camp-sites. Most of the cities, through which the R-1 passes, are offering many services like: catering and retail outlets, hospitals, pharmacies, banks, hotels, museums, cultural centres, gas stations, and bus and railway stations.

http://gosciniec.pttk.pl/10_2003/index.php?co=23

Day 1 (8/8/2008) – Wieleń – Krostkowo

Route map

Start 8.08

Members of the crew on the starting day: Bożena Ponikowska-Rzeźnik, Jakub Rzeźnik, Jacek i Sylwia Nowińscy, Zbigniew Mróz

Lunch in Pila – Sylwia i Jacek
Lunch in Pila – Bożena i Kuba
Lights and shadows in Puszcza Notecka
Sporting Girls
Short break in the journey
Bożena’s bike was turning only left
Overnight in Krostkowo – U Sołtysa
Overnight in Krostkowo – U Sołtysa
I think Kuba was trying to see some wildlife?!
Strong man
Bored or tired?
Nocleg w Krostkowie – no i trochę piwa

Day 2 (9/8/2008) – Krostkowo – Pieczyska

Route map

Bożena, Sylwia i Jacek went back to Wieleń and the two of us followed the journey.

Morning Goodbyes to our cycling mates and beautiful views in Krostkowo
And soon we were in Bagdad?!
And soon we were in Bagdad?!
And soon we were in Bagdad?!
On the road again
From Bagdad to Kosowo
From Bagdad to Kosowo

Great views in polish countryside

Old distillery
Overnight in Pieczyska by the Koronowo
Overnight in Pieczyska by the Koronowo
Overnight in Pieczyska by the Koronowo

Day 3 (10/8/2008) – Pieczyska – Grudziądz

Route map

We had problems with Kuba’s bike so we stopped in one shop when I got fed up with one of the shop keepers without sorting out the problem, then Kuba got fed up with me, then we found a bike shop were the guys sorted out his bikes and we could cycle again.

Grudziądz – strangely abandoned old part of the town
Grudziądzka Street in Grudziądz
Walrus relaxing in the Hotel in Grudziądz

Day 4 (11/8/2008) – Grudziądz – Sztum

Route map

Through hell and rain – Przez Piekło i deszcz.

Uphill and break in Chełmno
Uphill and break in Chełmno
Uphill and break in Chełmno
Uphill and break in Kwidzyń
A bit of sightseeing in Kwidzyń
Landscapes that we were offered on our journey
Hmm… Storm is coming …
… by the lock …
… shell we go to Hell (Piekło) or Sztum …
… we chose the road to Sztum, but the hell came over us.
There was an exhibition of the Prison Art
It was the first time I took notes on our trip.
Kuba was intrigued by the post-communist décor of the room in the Hotel
Kuba was intrigued by the post-communist décor of the room in the Hotel
Kuba was intrigued by the post-communist décor of the room in the Hotel

Day 5 (12/8/2008) – Sztum – Frombork

Route map

More up and down hills and rain

Break by the Old Oak in Kadyny
Break by the Old Oak in Kadyny
Break by the Old Oak in Kadyny
Sunset at the Elbląg Lagoon
Sunset at the Elbląg Lagoon
Old train station
Sightseeing in Frombork
Sightseeing in Frombork
Welcome to the sea
Serious sightseeing
Report from the road
Attention! Danger of collapsing
Sightseeing in Frombork
Sightseeing in Frombork

Day 6 (13/8/2008) – Frombork – Lidzbark Warmiński

Route map

Sauna i whisky

Day 7 (14/8/2008) – Lidzbark Warmiński – Kętrzyn

Route map

Szczęśliwie dojechaliśmy

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